Blog https://www.publiccharters.org/ en 9 New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Educators in 2021 https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2021/01/14/9-new-years-resolution-ideas-educators-2021 <span>9 New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Educators in 2021</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Mon, 01/11/2021 - 11:23</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/sindy-pierre-noel" hreflang="en">Sindy Pierre-Noel</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-01-14T12:00:00Z">January 14, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2021-01/Blog%20%28250px%29%20%289%29_0.png?itok=SOfRD3pD" width="250" height="250" alt="New Year&#039;s Resolution 2021: The Education Edition from NCSC21" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>A new year means new New Year's resolutions. We all want to get fit, maximize productivity, and shake bad habits. This past year was a challenging one in our personal lives and for education, and it was not exactly conducive to achieving goals or being productive.</p> <p>All the more reason why it's important to start 2021 with new priorities and goals—and stick to them.</p> <p>To get you started, the Program Committee for the 2021 National Charter Schools Conference put together their top resolutions for educators, school leaders, advocates, and parents to inspire you as you do the difficult work of designing a new learning landscape.</p> <h3>Build Stronger Alliances </h3> <blockquote> <p>"My resolution is to build stronger alliances with organizations committed to fighting poverty with a track record of success. Our students’ future success is closely connected to a host of factors outside of our schools. If we wish to pull our students out of poverty, we need to better connect our efforts with those of other groups and build stronger support systems for our families." </p> </blockquote> <p>Nina Rees<br /> President &amp; CEO<br /> National Alliance for Public Charter Schools </p> <h3>Focus on Thriving<strong> </strong></h3> <blockquote> <p>"Let's face it: 2020 was one of the most challenging years for schools. In 2021, I'm encouraging schools to move to 'thrive mode' versus 'survive mode.' The silver lining of 2020 is we have disrupted many of the ways we have always done things in school. Disruption is the first step in innovation.</p> <p>Where can we all covert our new survival skills into thriving skills for 2021? Some great examples of thriving might be more flexible scheduling, more effective use of technology, and greater parental involvement in our schools."</p> </blockquote> <p>Betsy Fowler<br /> Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives<br /> ASU Prep Digital </p> <h3>Get Back to Your Why<strong> </strong></h3> <blockquote> <p>"The Diverse Charter Schools Coalition's theme in 2021 is 'Interrupting Inequity.' I would encourage every school, teacher, and organization to take up that challenge. We should work on being the instigator by being present, hands-on, and remembering why we're doing this work."</p> </blockquote> <p>Sonia Park<br /> Executive Director<br /> Diverse Charter Schools Coalition </p> <h3>Deepen Support for the Network of Black, Brown, and Indigenous Leaders </h3> <blockquote> <p>"This year marks a new chapter in our country’s leadership, which comes with a tremendous sense of relief and hope for many of the students and families charter schools serve. That hope comes with a responsibility to not only mitigate the impact of the coronavirus, but actually address the ongoing and long-term impact of inequities that were exacerbated by the pandemic. My resolution is to deepen support for the network of Black, Brown, and indigenous leaders committed to community-centered charter schools and further amplify the ways this work reimages education equity."</p> </blockquote> <p>Naomi Shelton<br /> Chief Executive Officer<br /> National Charter Collaborative </p> <h3>Showcase What is Possible<strong> </strong></h3> <blockquote> <p>"In 2021, I resolve to continue supporting our charter school leaders and teachers on the frontlines of this pandemic. Charter schools across the country are showing what is possible when the status quo is challenged.</p> <p>Schools like Zeta in New York City, led by Emily Kim, actively fight to ensure their kids can come to school safely. Or others like Kairos Academies in St. Louis, led by Gavin Schiffres, continue to raise the bar for student learning and engagement. I'm inspired by schools like Digital Pioneers Academy in D.C., led by Mashea Ashton, that demonstrate kids can be known, loved, and respected even through distance learning despite challenging circumstances.</p> <p>My hope is that we stop, take note, and recognize where these standout examples exist across the country. That we thank the leaders and teachers who bring their all every day, and that we continue to hold up examples of what is possible."</p> </blockquote> <p>Heather McManus<br /> Chief People Officer<br /> NewSchools Venture Fund </p> <h3>Seek Answers to Hard Questions<strong> </strong></h3> <blockquote> <p>"Last year's events disrupted every aspect of teaching and learning. Heading into 2021, remember that uncertainty grows opportunity and trailblazing is often lonely. I resolve to work tirelessly to seek answers to the hard questions, and ensure my instruction values my scholars and their families’ voices and is rooted in equitable literacy practices and opportunities. Above all, fun, laughter, and all that is good about being in kindergarten."</p> </blockquote> <p>Kara Schumacher<br /> Kindergarten Teacher<br /> Kansas City Virtual Academy, Kansas City Public Schools </p> <h3>Radically Reimagine Who Creates Charter Schools </h3> <blockquote> <p>"In 2020, many opponents of charter schools made broad-sided attacks on charter schools based on well-worn tropes that have never been or are no longer true. All of the criticisms neglected to speak to the high support these schools receive from the majority of communities these schools serve—and serve well by all non-partisan and data-based research: Black and Brown families in urban areas.</p> <p>As we enter a new year, I encourage institutions within the Black, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American communities to create charter schools within their communities, especially education provider organizations like historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and education supporting membership organizations such as the National PanHellenic Council."</p> </blockquote> <p>Ronald C. Rice<br /> Senior Director of Government Relations<br /> National Alliance for Public Charter Schools </p> <h3>Strengthen Parent Engagement </h3> <blockquote> <p>"While we all slowly transition back to in-person learning, we must use the challenges we faced during remote learning to strengthen our parent engagement. In 2021, let’s personalize communication!</p> <p>We became more aware of the various circumstances and backgrounds of our families during the pandemic. Many schools struggled to reach and engage with 100% of their students. We must focus on customizing and expanding the various delivery methods and tools to communicate with our families. Parents are our partners in education. We have to communicate with them effectively!"</p> </blockquote> <p>Brandi Womack<br /> Founding Director of Operations<br /> KIPP NYC </p> <h3>Amplify the Voices in Your Community </h3> <blockquote> <p>"My resolution is to ensure every parent, member of the IDEA Public Schools community, and charter schools nationwide have a voice with our elected officials. Parents, teachers, students, staff, and alumni are experiencing the changes and challenges of pandemic learning firsthand and have new perspectives on what we need to ensure every child has access to an equitable, excellent, and inclusive education."</p> </blockquote> <p>Catharine Bellinger<br /> Vice President of Public Affairs and Advocacy<br /> IDEA Public Schools </p> <p>With the COVID-19 pandemic still uncertain and the reckoning of race and privilege in our country ongoing, it can be difficult to be optimistic. We hope these resolutions give you hope for education and help create a blueprint for a successful new year.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Sindy Pierre-Noel is the senior manager of programs at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. </em></p></div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24759&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="2svY5f11wklcyih9EyJI1_LCUHZFdfws_s6WDE-j78s"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 11 Jan 2021 16:23:08 +0000 Melinda 24759 at https://www.publiccharters.org A Year in Review: 2020 https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/21/year-review-2020 <span>A Year in Review: 2020</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Fri, 01/08/2021 - 13:39</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-12-21T12:00:00Z">December 21, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Few of us will be sorry to put 2020 in the rearview mirror, but amid the many difficulties we endured this year, we also saw signs of progress, reasons for optimism, and stories of inspiration.</p> <p>Charter schools went above and beyond to help students, families, and communities through multiple crises. The National Alliance was honored to support schools around the country as they dealt with the effects of the pandemic. In addition to serving as a hub for pandemic-related resources and information, we made sure charter schools were well represented in the pandemic relief legislation that passed Congress.</p> <p>We also fought to combat negative stories seeded in the media by opponents who simply do not want parents to have the ability to choose their child’s public school, and who refuse to acknowledge the tremendous impact charter schools have on low-income, Black, and Hispanic students.</p> <p>As the election season kicked into gear, we countered the special interest threat to charter schools with the authentic voices of our movement—school leaders, parents, teachers, and students who know firsthand the value of charter schools. Our “I am” campaign showcased who charter supporters are—Black, Hispanic, Democrat, Republican, moms, dads, and more. By educating policymakers and the public about our movement, we helped to ensure that charter schools secured key wins on Election Day.</p> <p>Below you’ll find more details about these and other highlights of 2020. We’re proud of what the movement accomplished this year, and, for so many reasons, we’re eager to get started on 2021.</p> <p>Happy Holidays!</p> <p><img alt="NSR SIG.png" src="https://info.publiccharters.org/hs-fs/hubfs/DEV_Josh/NSR%20SIG.png?upscale=true&amp;width=296&amp;upscale=true&amp;name=NSR%20SIG.png" width="148" /></p> <p>Nina Rees<br /> President and CEO<br /> National Alliance for Public Charter Schools</p> <h3>Going Above and Beyond During the Pandemic</h3> <p><img alt="Untitled design (4)-1" src="https://info.publiccharters.org/hubfs/Untitled%20design%20(4)-1.png" /></p> <p>When the pandemic struck, charter schools across America pivoted quickly. They made sure their students stayed connected to the classroom, but they didn’t stop there. As part of National Charter Schools Week in May, the National Alliance honored 10 charter schools with Above and Beyond Awards for their exemplary commitment to their students and communities. Read <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/about-charter-schools/charter-school-trailblazers/2020-above-and-beyond-awards?utm_campaign=Year%20in%20Review%202020&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=102938563&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-94Iqpi44omWtv859mKohdj6uH7Hf-a-xgcV55fBbGIEFRyTVPxbJjpOIm9eWgBrO7PjiDReizXQT9Pip6ty00fcxZKPY_hHysqgzXc9FgOYu2kqCI">their stories</a></strong> and watch a <strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AsMT9JPBiU&amp;feature=youtu.be&amp;utm_campaign=Year%20in%20Review%202020&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=102938563&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-94Iqpi44omWtv859mKohdj6uH7Hf-a-xgcV55fBbGIEFRyTVPxbJjpOIm9eWgBrO7PjiDReizXQT9Pip6ty00fcxZKPY_hHysqgzXc9FgOYu2kqCI">video</a></strong> highlighting the honored schools.</p> <p>To highlight how charter schools were using their flexibility to meet students’ evolving needs, we commissioned a <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/how-charter-schools-served-students-during-covid-19-closures?utm_campaign=Year%20in%20Review%202020&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=102938563&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-94Iqpi44omWtv859mKohdj6uH7Hf-a-xgcV55fBbGIEFRyTVPxbJjpOIm9eWgBrO7PjiDReizXQT9Pip6ty00fcxZKPY_hHysqgzXc9FgOYu2kqCI">report by Public Impact</a></strong> that found smaller networks and schools representing more than 65% of the charter school landscape were able to respond quickly to respond to families. Vignettes in the report showcase some of the charter school leaders who exemplify the very best of resourcefulness.</p> <p>For months, we also captured and shared uplifting stories of charter schools rising to the pandemic challenge. Close your year on a high note by revisiting our Uplifting Stories <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/tags/uplifting-stories-covid-19?utm_campaign=Year%20in%20Review%202020&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=102938563&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-94Iqpi44omWtv859mKohdj6uH7Hf-a-xgcV55fBbGIEFRyTVPxbJjpOIm9eWgBrO7PjiDReizXQT9Pip6ty00fcxZKPY_hHysqgzXc9FgOYu2kqCI">blog series</a></strong>.</p> <h3>Organizing a National COVID Response</h3> <p><img alt="Untitled design (6)-1" src="https://info.publiccharters.org/hubfs/Untitled%20design%20(6)-1.png" /></p> <p>As an organization with nationwide scale, the National Alliance was best positioned to offer a definitive source of COVID-19 resources and information for the charter school movement. In the spring, we launched a <strong><a href="https://covid.publiccharters.org/?utm_campaign=Year%20in%20Review%202020&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=102938563&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-94Iqpi44omWtv859mKohdj6uH7Hf-a-xgcV55fBbGIEFRyTVPxbJjpOIm9eWgBrO7PjiDReizXQT9Pip6ty00fcxZKPY_hHysqgzXc9FgOYu2kqCI">COVID-19 webpage</a></strong> that provided school leaders critical links to resources they could tap into as they navigate a quickly changing educational and public health landscape.</p> <p>We also offered a series of <strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdPB42i3ccKJkhAU3mcaFEZKkn4QNGtqo&amp;utm_campaign=Year%20in%20Review%202020&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=102938563&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-94Iqpi44omWtv859mKohdj6uH7Hf-a-xgcV55fBbGIEFRyTVPxbJjpOIm9eWgBrO7PjiDReizXQT9Pip6ty00fcxZKPY_hHysqgzXc9FgOYu2kqCI">webinars</a> </strong>on topics vital to the sector, and our annual National Charter Schools Conference went fully virtual, with <strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XmSaxOB_qA&amp;list=PLdPB42i3ccKI5tX3AiM0BuJX4Flb3p-Wf&amp;utm_campaign=Year%20in%20Review%202020&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=102938563&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-94Iqpi44omWtv859mKohdj6uH7Hf-a-xgcV55fBbGIEFRyTVPxbJjpOIm9eWgBrO7PjiDReizXQT9Pip6ty00fcxZKPY_hHysqgzXc9FgOYu2kqCI">presentations</a> </strong>on trauma-informed teaching, the urgency of equity and social justice, school reopening, and much more.</p> <p>As the pandemic ground on, our research team pulled together data from a variety of resources to develop an <strong><a href="https://covid.publiccharters.org/district-map?utm_campaign=Year%20in%20Review%202020&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=102938563&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-94Iqpi44omWtv859mKohdj6uH7Hf-a-xgcV55fBbGIEFRyTVPxbJjpOIm9eWgBrO7PjiDReizXQT9Pip6ty00fcxZKPY_hHysqgzXc9FgOYu2kqCI">interactive map</a> </strong>showing which communities with high concentrations of charter school students have been most affected by COVID-19. We shared this new resource widely to help inform legislative efforts to direct help to where it’s most needed.</p> <h3>Speaking Up for Justice</h3> <p><img alt="Untitled design (10)-1" src="https://info.publiccharters.org/hubfs/Untitled%20design%20(10)-1.png" /></p> <p>As social justice issues shook the communities in which many of our students live, we had to speak up. When the death of Gorge Floyd shook the nation and set off understandable anger and outrage, the National Alliance <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/06/01/national-alliance-statement-response-george-floyds-death?utm_campaign=Year%20in%20Review%202020&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=102938563&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-94Iqpi44omWtv859mKohdj6uH7Hf-a-xgcV55fBbGIEFRyTVPxbJjpOIm9eWgBrO7PjiDReizXQT9Pip6ty00fcxZKPY_hHysqgzXc9FgOYu2kqCI">condemned the unjust killing</a></strong> and stood with the African American community. We also took a stand <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/06/17/national-alliance-applauds-justice-policing-act?utm_campaign=Year%20in%20Review%202020&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=102938563&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-94Iqpi44omWtv859mKohdj6uH7Hf-a-xgcV55fBbGIEFRyTVPxbJjpOIm9eWgBrO7PjiDReizXQT9Pip6ty00fcxZKPY_hHysqgzXc9FgOYu2kqCI">in favor of police reform efforts</a></strong> to end practices that destroy Black lives and deepen rifts between police officers and people of color.</p> <h3>Demonstrating the Power of Our Movement</h3> <p><img alt="Untitled design (8)-1" src="https://info.publiccharters.org/hubfs/Untitled%20design%20(8)-1.png" /></p> <p>The 2020 elections posed a unique threat to charter schools. Many of the people claiming to care deeply about social justice and the needs of students of color also had misguided notions about charter schools. Our movement had to speak up and show who we really are. The National Alliance worked with partner organizations and charter school supporters across the nation to elevate the voices of Black, Brown, and other charter school educators, students, parents, and supporters.</p> <p>Our “I am” campaign included a powerful <strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wTBEJ6bgVE&amp;utm_campaign=Year%20in%20Review%202020&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=102938563&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-94Iqpi44omWtv859mKohdj6uH7Hf-a-xgcV55fBbGIEFRyTVPxbJjpOIm9eWgBrO7PjiDReizXQT9Pip6ty00fcxZKPY_hHysqgzXc9FgOYu2kqCI">television ad</a></strong> showing why supporting Black and Brown students requires supporting the charter schools their parents have chosen. We also facilitated a series of <strong><a href="https://charterswork.com/radio-interviews?utm_campaign=Year%20in%20Review%202020&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=102938563&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-94Iqpi44omWtv859mKohdj6uH7Hf-a-xgcV55fBbGIEFRyTVPxbJjpOIm9eWgBrO7PjiDReizXQT9Pip6ty00fcxZKPY_hHysqgzXc9FgOYu2kqCI">radio interviews</a></strong> with Black school leaders, so these innovative educators could talk about the positive difference their schools and the charter school movement are making in their communities. Thanks to these educational efforts, numerous charter-supporting candidates won elections at the local, state, and federal level—and those who don’t support charter schools learned that we won’t back down when our schools and students are threatened.</p> <p>As a new Administration and Congress prepare to take office, we recently joined a coalition of education and advocacy organizations in publicizing a list of <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/11/30/coalition-education-and-advocacy-organizations-release-statement-secretary?utm_campaign=Year%20in%20Review%202020&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=102938563&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-94Iqpi44omWtv859mKohdj6uH7Hf-a-xgcV55fBbGIEFRyTVPxbJjpOIm9eWgBrO7PjiDReizXQT9Pip6ty00fcxZKPY_hHysqgzXc9FgOYu2kqCI">seven criteria</a> </strong>President-elect Biden should prioritize when selecting the next Secretary of Education.</p> <h3>Making a Clear Case for the Charter Schools Program</h3> <p><img alt="Untitled design (7)-1" src="https://info.publiccharters.org/hubfs/Untitled%20design%20(7)-1.png" /></p> <p>This year, the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) faced an unprecedented threat. From the left, progressives continued their drumbeat of attacks against the program based on inaccurate and misleading claims. Meanwhile, President Trump’s final budget proposed eliminating the CSP completely, wrapping charter school funding into a larger block grant that would provide no guarantee any of the money would be used for charter schools.</p> <p>The National Alliance responded vigorously. We issued our first-ever <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/federal-charter-schools-program-2020-annual-report?utm_campaign=Year%20in%20Review%202020&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=102938563&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-94Iqpi44omWtv859mKohdj6uH7Hf-a-xgcV55fBbGIEFRyTVPxbJjpOIm9eWgBrO7PjiDReizXQT9Pip6ty00fcxZKPY_hHysqgzXc9FgOYu2kqCI">CSP Annual Report</a></strong>, providing a research-driven view of the impact of the CSP. We also distributed <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/charter-schools-program-advocacy-toolkit-and-success-profiles?utm_campaign=Year%20in%20Review%202020&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=102938563&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-94Iqpi44omWtv859mKohdj6uH7Hf-a-xgcV55fBbGIEFRyTVPxbJjpOIm9eWgBrO7PjiDReizXQT9Pip6ty00fcxZKPY_hHysqgzXc9FgOYu2kqCI">success profiles</a> </strong>of CSP grantees, so policymakers, journalists, and the public can see what the CSP means in practice. Finally, we commissioned, in partnership with Charter School Growth Fund and Bellwether Education Partners, <strong><a href="https://bellwethereducation.org/publication/clearing-air-analysis-federal-charter-schools-program?utm_campaign=Year%20in%20Review%202020&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=102938563&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-94Iqpi44omWtv859mKohdj6uH7Hf-a-xgcV55fBbGIEFRyTVPxbJjpOIm9eWgBrO7PjiDReizXQT9Pip6ty00fcxZKPY_hHysqgzXc9FgOYu2kqCI">Clearing the Air: An Analysis of the Federal Charter Schools Program</a></strong>. This in-depth analysis of the CSP was accompanied by a companion toolkit to help state leaders tell the story of how the CSP has impacted students in their state.</p> <p>The end result: The CSP is still going strong, with the fiscal year 2021 funding level equaling the 2020 funding level.</p> <h3>Providing Research to Drive the Discussion</h3> <p><img alt="Untitled design (12)-1" src="https://info.publiccharters.org/hubfs/Untitled%20design%20(12)-1.png" /></p> <p>The National Alliance has long been viewed as the go-to source of information about the charter school sector. This year, we continued to support strong state policy by producing the 11th edition of <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/measuring-model-ranking-state-public-charter-school-laws-2020?utm_campaign=Year%20in%20Review%202020&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=102938563&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-94Iqpi44omWtv859mKohdj6uH7Hf-a-xgcV55fBbGIEFRyTVPxbJjpOIm9eWgBrO7PjiDReizXQT9Pip6ty00fcxZKPY_hHysqgzXc9FgOYu2kqCI">Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws</a></strong>. The composition of the top 10 shows that many states are strengthening their laws based on what’s working (and what’s not working), while states with newer laws rely on the experiences of others to create the strongest possible laws right off the bat.</p> <p>We also published a major update to our <strong><a href="https://data.publiccharters.org/?utm_campaign=Year%20in%20Review%202020&amp;utm_source=hs_email&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=102938563&amp;_hsenc=p2ANqtz-94Iqpi44omWtv859mKohdj6uH7Hf-a-xgcV55fBbGIEFRyTVPxbJjpOIm9eWgBrO7PjiDReizXQT9Pip6ty00fcxZKPY_hHysqgzXc9FgOYu2kqCI">Data Dashboard</a></strong>, which serves as a one-stop-shop for charter school data. The new Dashboard showcases national facts about charter schools, management organizations, authorizers, and finance, along with data visualizations of enrollment trends, school growth, locations, student demographics, and free and reduced-price lunch eligibility. This data complements the personal stories of students, families, and educators across the nation in explaining why charter schools are essential to educational justice and opportunity.</p> <h3>Support the National Alliance</h3> <p>Our work is possible thanks to the generous contributions of individuals like you. Please <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/donate">consider giving a gift</a> </strong>to support our work. Your donation will ensure we can continue to push for equitable educational options for all students in America!</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/charters-2020" hreflang="en">Charters 2020</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24754&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="PLjsEeq7QK882m4fPVwJLWl6bLg0P7ZbQhK3V37dTXw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 08 Jan 2021 18:39:20 +0000 Melinda 24754 at https://www.publiccharters.org Reflecting on State Wins for Charter Schools in 2020 https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/18/reflecting-state-wins-charter-schools-2020 <span>Reflecting on State Wins for Charter Schools in 2020</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Fri, 12/18/2020 - 13:36</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/lisa-grover-phd" hreflang="en">Lisa Grover, Ph.D.</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-12-18T12:00:00Z">December 18, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-12/Blog%20%28250px%29%20%288%29.png?itok=ccnC0vBu" width="250" height="250" alt="Two students and teacher in charter school classroom" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>At the National Alliance, we look to our state charter school organization (CSO) partners for insight into how to build and strengthen policy and advocacy landscapes to benefit public charter school students, teachers, and families. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Here are just a few examples of the remarkable work going on across the country to create state policy environments that foster the growth of high-quality charter schools:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>New Mexico</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>: Public Charter Schools of New Mexico, New Mexico Kids CANN, and other coalition partners delivered a big win for the state’s 90,000 charter school students. Through diligent advocacy and organizing, this coalition successfully mobilized support for pro-charter school candidates for seats on the Public Education Commission (PEC), New Mexico’s statewide authorizer. For the first time in fifteen years, the PEC will have a charter-friendly majority. </span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Tennessee</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>: In January 2021, the new <span><span>Tennessee Public Charter Schools Commission will begin hearing appeals </span></span></span></span></span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>from operators whose charter applications were denied by local school boards<span>.</span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span> The Commission’s work will be especially relevant in Memphis and Nashville, home to most of the state’s 118 charter schools. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span><span>Colorado</span></span></span></span></span></strong><span><span><span><span><span>: The Colorado League of Charter Schools avoided a potential funding cut to the Charter School Capital Construction Fund. Additionally, kudos to the Durango School District Board of Education for collaborating with its charter schools to pass a $90 million facility investment bond election. </span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span>Durango’s three charter schools each will receive $2.5 million from the bonds.</span></span></span></span></span> </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span><span>Michigan</span></span></span></span></span></strong><span><span><span><span><span>:</span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span> Thanks to voters in Wayne County, charter schools will receive a portion of a $90 million millage tax beginning in 2022. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span><span>Illinois:</span></span></span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> T<span><span><span>he Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS), through its newly-created COVID Relief Fund, worked with its schools to identify and distribute $65,000 in cash grants to 99 families representing a wide range of demographics, including immigration status. Previously, INCS partnered with FEMA to distribute 25,000 reusable masks to charter schools throughout Chicago.</span></span></span></span></span></span> </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Georgia</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>: The Georgia Charter Schools Association saw some big legislative wins this year, including a bill that</span></span></span> <span><span><span><span><span>requires local boards of education to provide local charter schools with annual allotment sheets that itemize how much local, state, and federal funding they provide to charter schools.</span></span></span></span></span> </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Texas</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>: To mark the 25th anniversary of Texas’ charter school law, the Texas Public Charter Schools Association released a report on 25 years of charter schools in Texas. Results from state assessments show that from 2012 to 2019, as total statewide charter enrollment almost tripled, the average district raised its student achievement from 4% to 8%. </span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Black Lives Matter protests demanded action around racial diversity, equity, and inclusion in education. Two CSOs are<span><span> prioritizing ways to eliminate the diversity gap and fight for educational equity. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span><span>Washington</span></span></span></span></span></strong><span><span><span><span><span>: The </span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span>Washington Public Charter Schools Association has long had an <span><span>Aspiring Leaders program to help create school start-up pathways for community stakeholders committed to social justice and educational equity. The CSO also developed a list of anti-racist resources that may be helpful to stakeholders. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span><span>California</span></span></span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>: The California Charter School Association developed a Diversity in Leadership initiative, a community of practice for leaders of color to increase the talent pipeline of African American and Latino leaders in charter schools. They recently launched their first cohort of leaders. </span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>These wins were not easy in a year filled with challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis. From advocating for charter school funding to welcoming back students to in-person learning in areas where it is safe to do so, charter schools made a difference for millions of students. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>We look forward to seeing this innovation and flexibility from charter schools and our CSO partners throughout 2021.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>Lisa S. Grover, Ph.D. is the senior director of state advocacy and support at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</span></span></span></em> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>Read more of the National Alliance's series of year-end blog posts for 2020:</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/08/top-highlights-national-alliance-public-charter-schools-2020"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Top 10 Highlights from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools in 2020</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/10/top-10-posts-charter-blog-2020"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Top 10 Posts on The Charter Blog in 202</span><span><span><span>0</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/14/top-5-educational-videos-national-charter-schools-conference"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Top 5 Educational Videos from the National Charter Schools Conference in 202</span><span><span><span>0</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/15/stand-out-celebrity-support-charter-schools-2020"><span>Stand Out Celebrity Support for Charter Schools in 2020</span></a></span></span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/charters-2020" hreflang="en">Charters 2020</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24656&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="4kpF5ZcfGmPrn5z90ym6rEueqWvFkoq46Ud2wPaXelY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 18 Dec 2020 18:36:23 +0000 Melinda 24656 at https://www.publiccharters.org Stand Out Celebrity Support for Charter Schools in 2020 https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/15/stand-out-celebrity-support-charter-schools-2020 <span>Stand Out Celebrity Support for Charter Schools in 2020</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Tue, 12/15/2020 - 13:17</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/destinee-perry" hreflang="en">Destinee Perry</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-12-15T12:00:00Z">December 15, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-12/Blog%20%28250px%29%20%287%29.png?itok=UsQgBIIi" width="250" height="250" alt="2020 Celebrity Support for Charter Schools grid" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">This year has been a challenging one for schools and students across the nation. After transitioning to online learning in the middle of the school year, schools persevered through the hardships, and charter schools in particular went above and beyond for students.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">In large part due to charter schools’ mission to put students first, we’ve seen a number of new and renewed support for charter schools among celebrities this year. Take a look at some of the celebrity champions this year, in sports, film, and music:</span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Russell Wilson and Ciara</span></strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">NFL star Russell Wilson and Grammy-award winning performer Ciara </span><a href="http://richmondfreepress.com/news/2020/nov/05/nfl-star-russell-wilson-and-celebrity-wife-ciara-f/"><span><span><span><span>partnered with a charter school</span></span></span></span></a><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"> near their home base of Seattle that was forced to delay its opening as a result of the pandemic. Through Wilson and Ciara’s foundation, the couple hopes this school is the first of many schools they support across the country to focus on academics, personalized student plans, and internships and mentorships for underserved Black and brown students.</span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Jalen Ramsey</span></strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Jalen Ramsey, a NFL cornerback for the Los Angeles Rams, <a href="https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/30176090/way-more-important-play-make-rams-jalen-ramsey-steps-nashville-charter-school">pledged $1 million</a> to Purpose Preparatory Academy, a high-quality charter school in Nashville, Tennessee, his home state. His support allowed Purpose Prep to accommodate distance learning for every student during the coronavirus pandemic. </span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">A Coalition of NBA Players </span></strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">The National Basketball Association (NBA) <a href="https://www.edweek.org/education/how-education-reform-ended-up-on-nba-jerseys/2020/08">included ‘Education Reform’</a> as one of the 30 social justice-themed messages players could add to the backs of their jerseys for the second half of the 2020 season. A number of current and former professional basketball players have been strong charter supporters in the past (hi, </span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2019/12/18/spotlight-3-celebrity-supporters-charter-schools-2019"><span><span><span><span>Jalen Rose</span></span></span></span></a><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">!) so it’s no surprise to see that 11 players chose the phrase for their backs, including Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris, Sr. The twins, who play for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers, </span><a href="https://www.phillytrib.com/sports/markieff-morris-reflects-on-high-school-hoops-career/article_ed97e5e0-4ee5-53fc-992c-ca1f1c47b4b5.html"><span><span><span><span>attended Prep Charter</span></span></span></span></a><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"> in Philadelphia before playing at the University of Kansas and then on to the NBA where they were first-round draft picks in 2011. </span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Adele Lim </span></strong> </span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">The Crazy Rich Asians screenwriter sends her children to Citizens of the World Charter School in Mar Vista, California. “They celebrate every child, not just the perfect child," </span><a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/top-la-public-middle-schools-hollywood-sends-kids-1231511"><span><span><span><span>Lim says</span></span></span></span></a><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"> of the school. "The emphasis on mindfulness and social-emotional learning has been transformative, not just for my children, but for us as a family."</span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Alix Friedberg </span></strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Alix Friedberg, the Emmy-winning costume designer for <em>Big Little Lies</em> and <em>Sharp Objects, </em>sends her sons to City Language Immersion Charter (CLIC) in Arlington Heights, California, where they learn in English and Spanish. “I have never seen another learning environment that is so culturally and socioeconomically diverse. It’s a direct reflection of faces of Los Angeles,” </span><a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/top-la-public-middle-schools-hollywood-sends-kids-1231511"><span><span><span><span>she says</span></span></span></span></a><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">. "CLIC created an environment where every student is supported socially and emotionally through project-based learning. This hands-on approach forces them to learn from each other and problem-solve together."</span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Diddy</span></strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Long-time charter supporter and musician Diddy and charter school founder Steve Perry opened up a third charter school, </span><a href="https://pagesix.com/2020/09/02/diddy-and-education-guru-steve-perry-to-open-third-charter-school/"><span><span><span><span>Capital Prep Bronx</span></span></span></span></a><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">, with the plan of remote classes and transition to “hybrid/in-person” classes. The school has nearly 200 students with other campuses in Harlem and Bridgeport, Connecticut. Diddy also made an appearance on our <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2018/12/17/5-celebrities-supporting-charter-schools-2018">2018 list of celebrity support</a>!</span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><em><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Destinee Perry is the communications intern for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools</span></em></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>Read more of the National Alliance's series of year-end blog posts for 2020:</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/08/top-highlights-national-alliance-public-charter-schools-2020"><span><span><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Top 10 Highlights from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools in 2020</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/10/top-10-posts-charter-blog-2020"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Top 10 Posts on The Charter Blog in 2020</span></span></span></span></span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/14/top-5-educational-videos-national-charter-schools-conference"><span>Top 5 Educational Videos from the National Charter Schools Conference in 2020</span></a></span></span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><em><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/18/reflecting-state-wins-charter-schools-2020">Reflecting on State Wins for Charter Schools in 2020</a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></em></li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/charters-2020" hreflang="en">Charters 2020</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24636&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="8T2gi9leXjKGobmFtzV3MQnYH4kYn8SWFyewOy-JL1E"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 15 Dec 2020 18:17:56 +0000 Melinda 24636 at https://www.publiccharters.org Top 5 Educational Videos from the National Charter Schools Conference https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/14/top-5-educational-videos-national-charter-schools-conference <span>Top 5 Educational Videos from the National Charter Schools Conference</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Mon, 12/14/2020 - 09:08</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/sindy-pierre-noel" hreflang="en">Sindy Pierre-Noel</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-12-14T12:00:00Z">December 14, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-12/Deray%20from%20NCSCvirtual.png?itok=HErh_owC" width="250" height="250" alt="Screen shot of DeRay Mckesson from NCSCvirtual" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span>Schools continue to experience tremendous uncertainty and change in 2020. While we were unable to be together in Orlando this summer for an in-person National Charter Schools Conference (NCSC), we were excited to bring you our first-ever virtual conference along with a webinar series on virtual learning with past NCSC keynote speakers. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Like most of you, I look forward to a time when we can gather as a community and celebrate all the teachers and leaders who are crushing limits and showing up for kids every day. We have learned a lot over the past months about what works, what doesn't, and where we can grow. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>As we close the year and look forward to a new one, we want to share our top five educational videos from NCSC:</span></span></p> <h3><span><span>1. <a href="https://youtu.be/72tbxb8EZ_0">How to Teach and Engage Students via Video with Sal Khan</a></span></span></h3> <p>Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, offers his unique insights and resources available to deliver high-quality remote learning for students during school closures during our webinar series at the on-set of the pandemic.</p> <h3><span><span>2. <a href="https://youtu.be/klCwo4Gozhc">Three Things to Get Right in Remote Learning</a></span></span></h3> <p>This session from NCSCvirtual uses video analysis of actual teacher lessons from schools across the US to demonstrate how teachers can use and adapt three key ideas in remote classrooms. Doug Lemov, managing director of Uncommon Schools’ Teach Like a Champion team, shares his insight.</p> <h3><span><span>3. <a href="https://youtu.be/chU7r4dkQe8">Reopening Schools in a Time of Uncertainty: Insights for School Leaders</a></span></span></h3> <p>This session from NCSCvirtual brings together four charter school leaders, of varying perspectives, to explore strategies for creating responsive reopening plans.</p> <h3><span><span>4. <a href="https://youtu.be/5XmSaxOB_qA">Equity in Education: Realities and Strategies for Change</a> </span></span></h3> <p>Gain perspective from these education leaders Layla Avila (Education Leaders of Change), Margaret Fortune (Fortune School), and Shavar Jeffries (Democrats for Education Reform), along with moderator and charter school graduate, Afrika Owes, with a recorded session from NCSCvirtual.</p> <h3><span><span>5. <a href="https://youtu.be/oz6XkcRImAQ">The New Normal: Working and Teaching from Home with Jaime Casap</a></span></span></h3> <p>Jaime Casap, Google's chief education evangelist, shares what parents can do to engage students in meaningful remote learning experiences, all the while balancing their work during a webinar earlier this year.</p> <p> </p> <p><span><span>As much as your classrooms and schools will look different post-pandemic, so will event experiences. This is an unprecedented opportunity to permanently change the rules so that we can tackle the "new normal" head-on and continue to provide education on what matters.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>We hope to bring you more content—virtually and in-person—to inspire you this coming year.</span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><em>Sindy Pierre-Noel is the senior manager of programs at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>Read more of the National Alliance's series of year-end blog posts for 2020:</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/08/top-highlights-national-alliance-public-charter-schools-2020"><em><span><span><span>Top 10 Highlights from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools in 2020</span></span></span></em></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span><span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/10/top-10-posts-charter-blog-2020">Top 10 Posts on The Charter Blog in 2020</a></span></span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/15/stand-out-celebrity-support-charter-schools-2020">Stand Out Celebrity Support for Charter Schools in 2020</a></span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><em><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/18/reflecting-state-wins-charter-schools-2020">Reflecting on State Wins for Charter Schools in 2020</a></em></li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/national-charter-schools-conference" hreflang="en">National Charter Schools Conference</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/charters-2020" hreflang="en">Charters 2020</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24623&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="guzAuFFyOAqcSD0wEaBYheDJ0-BAqCy5bLHeyKxc2K8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 14 Dec 2020 14:08:29 +0000 Melinda 24623 at https://www.publiccharters.org Top 10 Posts on The Charter Blog in 2020 https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/10/top-10-posts-charter-blog-2020 <span>Top 10 Posts on The Charter Blog in 2020</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Tue, 12/08/2020 - 18:37</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/melinda-tolliver" hreflang="en">Melinda Tolliver</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-12-10T12:00:00Z">December 10, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-12/Top%2010%20Blog%20Posts%20National%20Alliance%20for%20Public%20Charter%20Schools.png?itok=iKyyKsJg" width="250" height="250" alt="Top 10 Blog Posts National Alliance for Public Charter Schools image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span>While it has been a challenging year for education, charter schools continued to put students first and be a beacon of hope for their communities. On The Charter Blog, we’ve highlighted stories all year showing how charter schools stand out in public education, providing resources for the sector, and clearing up misconceptions. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Here are our top 10 most-read blog posts for 2020: </span></span></p> <h3><span>1. <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/04/23/new-normal-four-key-takeaways-our-webinar-googles-jaime-casap">The New Normal: Four Key Takeaways from Our Webinar with Google’s Jaime Casap</a> </span></h3> <p><span>When the COVID-19 pandemic thrust us into strange new territory, the National Alliance launched a webinar series featuring keynote speakers from the National Charter Schools Conference to help school leaders, teachers, and families navigate the new normal. In this blog post, we break down the four key takeaways from our webinar with Google’s Chief Education Evangelist Jaime Casap on working and teaching from home.</span></p> <p> </p> <h3><span><span>2. <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/09/11/what-new-harvard-study-shows-about-student-performance-charter-schools">What a New Harvard Study Shows About Student Performance in Charter Schools</a></span></span></h3> <p><span><span>This fall, Harvard University’s Program on Education Policy and Governance added to the growing body of research that shows charter schools produce accelerated achievement gains for students. Christy Wolfe, vice president of policy and planning at the National Alliance, pulls out four of the most significant findings from the study, which leveraged data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. </span></span></p> <h3><span>3. <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/07/29/5-innovative-ideas-recruiting-teachers-color">5 Innovative Ideas for Recruiting Teachers of Color</a></span></h3> <p><span>Zoie Jones, a 2020 Walton-UNCF K-12 Education Fellow, spent part of her summer with the National Alliance researching innovative programs across the country that aim to recruit, train, and mentor teachers from diverse backgrounds. She pulled together the top ideas schools can adapt or implement.</span></p> <h3><span>4. <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/06/29/charter-schools-overachieve-2020-best-public-high-schools-list">Charter Schools Overachieve in 2020 Best Public High Schools List</a></span></h3> <p><span>When U.S. News &amp; World Report released the 2020<strong> </strong>rankings<strong> </strong>of the best high schools in the public school sector earlier this year, we were pleased—but not surprised—to see charter schools had an outsized performance in the rankings again this year. In our blog post, we take a closer look at the rankings and how charter schools performed.</span></p> <h3><span>5. <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/09/29/rethink-k-12-education-models-grants-support-virtual-and-student-centered">Rethink K-12 Education Models Grants Support Virtual and Student-Centered Learning</a></span></h3> <p><span>The new Rethink K-12 Education Models Grants offer funds to help states address the dual challenge of serving students during the pandemic and cultivating new models for equitable, student-centered learning. Fiona Sheridan-McIver, senior manager of policy and planning for the National Alliance, outlines the three categories the grant is funding and examples of how states plan to use their grants.</span></p> <h3><span>6. <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/08/11/are-there-profit-charter-schools-dispelling-myth">Are There For-Profit Charter Schools? Dispelling the Myth</a></span></h3> <p><span>All charter schools are public schools. Yet many people insist that nefarious “for-profit charter schools” exist and call for their defunding. To clear up these misconceptions, we offer some answers to common questions about charter schools that are worth knowing.</span></p> <h3><span>7. <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/04/02/uplifting-stories-charter-community-viii">Uplifting Stories from the Charter Community VIII</a> </span></h3> <p><span>At the onset of the pandemic, the National Alliance launched a blog post series that shared the positive stories from charter schools across the country rising to the challenge. In this edition of Uplifting Stories, we find teachers donating supplies for first responders, students continuing to learn online, and a special video created by school for their students.</span></p> <h3><span>8. <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/05/20/education-digital-age-three-key-takeaways-our-webinar-codeorgs-hadi-partovi">Education in the Digital Age: Three Key Takeaways from Our Webinar with Code.org’s Hadi Partovi</a></span></h3> <p><span>As part of our COVID-19 webinar series, Code.org Founder and CEO Hadi Partovi joined us to discuss what schools need to consider as they plan to reopen their doors and reimagine education for the 21st century. Read the key takeaways from the conversations.</span></p> <h3><span>9. <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/04/16/uplifting-stories-charter-community-xv">Uplifting Stories from the Charter Community XV</a></span></h3> <p><span>In another blog post for the Uplifting Stories series, we make note of charter schools going above and beyond for students, families, and communities. Some charter schools are highlighted for academic performance, successfully closing the digital divide for students, and feeding their communities while keeping spirits high.</span></p> <h3><span>10. <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/10/08/safe-school-reopening-covid-19-outbreak-map-charter-schools">Safe School Reopening: COVID-19 Outbreak Map for Charter Schools</a></span></h3> <p><span>In response to the needs of the charter school community, the National Alliance created a resource that maps the U.S. COVID-19 outbreak data for selected school districts with high charter enrollment share. The map offers a wealth of information as we take a breath after starting the 2020-21 school year.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><em>Melinda Tolliver is the senior manager of digital strategy at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></span></p> <p><span><em>Read more of the National Alliance's series of year-end blog posts for 2020:</em></span></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/08/top-highlights-national-alliance-public-charter-schools-2020"><span><em>Top 10 Highlights from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools in 2020</em></span></a></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/14/top-5-educational-videos-national-charter-schools-conference"><em>Top 5 Educational Videos from the National Charter Schools Conference in 2020</em></a></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/15/stand-out-celebrity-support-charter-schools-2020">Stand Out Celebrity Support for Charter Schools in 2020</a></span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><em><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/18/reflecting-state-wins-charter-schools-2020">Reflecting on State Wins for Charter Schools in 2020</a></em></li> </ul> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/charters-2020" hreflang="en">Charters 2020</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24611&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="A8YVDzJHslbgf5STz1Ds9v0ILqNHeETsQwSLgGiuljg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 08 Dec 2020 23:37:40 +0000 Melinda 24611 at https://www.publiccharters.org Top Highlights from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools in 2020 https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/08/top-highlights-national-alliance-public-charter-schools-2020 <span>Top Highlights from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools in 2020</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Mon, 12/07/2020 - 10:53</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/reed-mitchell" hreflang="en">Reed Mitchell</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-12-08T12:00:00Z">December 8, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-12/National%20Alliance%20President%20%26%20CEO%20Nina%20Rees%20with%20Students.png?itok=FBqamunA" width="250" height="250" alt="National Alliance President &amp; CEO Nina Rees with Students" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Though this year has been difficult for us all, the charter school community continued to push forward. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Charter schools all around the country inspired us this year by not only providing educational services in times of uncertainty, but also meals, mental health support, and unconditional community aid. Additionally, charter school families used their voices to speak up during an election year to ensure the needs of their children are met through high-quality public education. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Here are the top 10 highlights from the National Alliance in 2020: </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span>1. <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/05/12/ten-charter-schools-honored-above-and-beyond-awards-outstanding-service"><span><span><span>Ten Charter Schools Honored with Above and Beyond Awards for Outstanding Service During COVID-19 Pandemic</span></span></span></a><span><span><span> (May) </span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The National Alliance honored 10 charter schools from across America with inaugural Above and Beyond Awards as part of celebrations for National Charter Schools Week. These schools went to remarkable lengths to meet the needs of not only their own students and families, but their larger communities in the face of the pandemic. “When charter schools nationwide transitioned to distance learning, it became clear to us that charter schools were setting a model for the rest of the nation on what it looked like to step up and care for their communities in the face of a global pandemic.” – Nina Rees, president &amp; CEO of the National Alliance.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span>2. <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/01/27/new-state-rankings-report-compares-charter-school-laws-state-state"><span><span><span>New State Rankings Report Compares Charter School Laws State by State</span></span></span></a><span><span><span> (January)</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The eleventh edition of the National Alliance’s annual ranking of state charter school laws, <em>Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws</em>, showed jumps both big and small. For the fifth consecutive year, Indiana has the nation’s strongest charter school law in the country, ranking No. 1 (out of 45).</span></span></span> <span><span><span>The makeup of the top 10 shows that many existing states continue to strengthen their laws based on what’s working (and what’s not working) and that many new states rely heavily on those lessons so they don’t repeat the mistakes of the states that came before them.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span>3. <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/07/14/national-alliance-statement-proposed-cut-federal-charter-schools-program-and"><span><span><span>National Alliance Statement on Proposed Cut to the Federal Charter Schools Program and the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force</span></span></span></a><span><span><span> (July)</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The federal Charter Schools Program is a staple of the movement that helps grow and strengthen the high-performing charter schools across the country. We were disappointed that the House Appropriations Committee voted to reduce the programs funding by $40 million in fiscal year 2021, though the reduction did not succeed. Recommendations from the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force on K-12 education were also harmful to charter schools. However, we recognized and applauded the leadership of Representatives who stood up for charter school students.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span>4. <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/07/27/education-leaders-send-message-biden-sanders-unity-task-force-stop-picking"><span><span><span>Education Leaders Send a Message to the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force: Stop Picking on Charter Schools</span></span></span></a><span><span><span> (July)</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>After the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force proposed policies that would harm charter schools, more than 50 Charter Management Organizations released a letter in response to the draft platform recommendation. The National Alliance stood with education leaders who strongly urged the Biden campaign to reconsider an education platform that is dangerous for public school students, especially the large population of Black and Hispanic students who attend charter schools. We hope these voices are reflected in policies from the incoming Biden administration.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span>5. <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/02/10/national-alliance-criticizes-president-trumps-fiscal-year-2021-budget"><span><span><span>National Alliance Criticizes President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Proposal</span></span></span></a><span><span><span> (February) </span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In response to President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Proposal Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance, released a statement: “President Trump has consistently said that school choice is a priority for his administration, but this budget, if enacted, would leave families in need with fewer school options.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span>6. <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/04/21/punching-above-their-weight-charter-schools-are-disproportionately"><span><span><span>Punching Above Their Weight: Charter Schools are Disproportionately Represented in U.S. News’s Top 100 Best Public High Schools</span></span></span></a><span><span><span> (April)</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>When the U.S. News &amp; World Report released their 2020 rankings of the 100 best public high schools in the country, we were pleased to see 21 charter schools on the list. Although charter schools make up only slightly more than 10% of U.S. high schools, they account for nearly 18% of schools in the top 5% and nearly a quarter of schools in the top 1% in the rankings. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span>7. <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/03/26/national-alliance-statement-coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security"><span><span><span>National Alliance Statement on Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act</span></span></span></a><span><span><span> (March) </span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The coronavirus has hit us all hard, and countless students’ education was disrupted. The National Alliance released a statement on the U.S. Senate passing of the CARES Act. We were grateful to U.S. Senate leadership for their work in securing resources for our K12 education system while ensuring that charter schools, their staff, and the students they serve are treated fairly in this time of national emergency.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span><span>8. <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/11/30/coalition-education-and-advocacy-organizations-release-statement-secretary">Coalition of Education and Advocacy Organizations Release Statement on Secretary of Education in the Biden Administration</a> (November)</span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Given the significant disruption to education in America this year due to the pandemic, and the likely long-term consequences, the appointment of the Secretary of Education is one of the most consequential cabinet posts. The National Alliance joined a coalition of education and advocacy organizations in curating a list of seven criteria to gauge the relative fitness of potential nominees.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span>9. <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/08/25/national-alliance-releases-report-how-charter-schools-serve-students-during"><span><span><span>National Alliance Releases Report on How Charter Schools Serve Students During COVID-19 School Closures</span></span></span></a><span><span><span> (August) </span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The National Alliance released a report conducted by Public Impact, <em>Learning in Real Time: How Charter Schools Serve Students During COVID-19 Closures</em>, that compares how charter schools and district schools served students during COVID-19 closures. The report found that, on average, when compared to districts, charter schools had stronger expectations for teachers to provide direct instruction, real-time instruction, and check-in points with students and families. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span>10. <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/06/01/national-alliance-statement-response-george-floyds-death"><span><span><span>National Alliance Statement in Response to George Floyd’s Death</span></span></span></a><span><span><span> (June) </span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The untimely death of Gorge Floyd shook the nation and erupted in anger and outrage. The National Alliance condemned the unjust killing and stood with the African American community. We mourn the loss of George Floyd’s life and the lives of so many others who came before him—named and unnamed. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/about-us/staff/reed-mitchell"><strong><em><span><span><span>Reed Mitchell</span></span></span></em></strong></a><em><span><span><span> is the communications coordinator for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><em><span><span><span>Read more of the National Alliance's series of year-end blog posts for 2020:</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><em><span><span><span><span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/10/top-10-posts-charter-blog-2020">Top 10 Posts on The Charter Blog in 2020</a></span></span></span></span></em></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/14/top-5-educational-videos-national-charter-schools-conference"><em>Top 5 Educational Videos from the National Charter Schools Conference in 2020</em></a></span></span></span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/15/stand-out-celebrity-support-charter-schools-2020">Stand Out Celebrity Support for Charter Schools in 2020</a></span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><em><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/18/reflecting-state-wins-charter-schools-2020">Reflecting on State Wins for Charter Schools in 2020</a></em></li> </ul></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/charters-2020" hreflang="en">Charters 2020</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24601&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="xNlF66lrBmJPA9TLvZhR0g8vcS8-mukF0IePyCfooAs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 07 Dec 2020 15:53:51 +0000 Melinda 24601 at https://www.publiccharters.org Study Analysis: Charter School Funding Gap Contributes to Surging Inequity https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/12/03/study-analysis-charter-school-funding-gap-contributes-surging-inequity <span>Study Analysis: Charter School Funding Gap Contributes to Surging Inequity </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Thu, 12/03/2020 - 10:55</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/christy-wolfe" hreflang="en">Christy Wolfe</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-12-03T12:00:00Z">December 3, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-12/Four%20young%20students%20with%20backpacks%20square.png?itok=znFNaybI" width="250" height="250" alt="Two young students with backpacks" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The most recent in a series of reports from the University of Arkansas, <a href="https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/wordpressua.uark.edu/dist/9/544/files/2018/10/charter-school-funding-inequity-surges-in-the-city.pdf">Charter School Funding: Inequity Surges in the Cities</a>, paints a grim picture of inequality for charter schools in urban areas, where charter schools tend to serve the greatest number of students.</p> <p>The report takes a close look at the different types of revenue streams and how they close or widen funding gaps. Looking at 18 cities, it found the following:</p> <ul> <li>Following a recent surge in funding disparity between district and charter schools, the overall gap in these cities has reached $7,796 less per pupil if they attend a charter school—a 33% funding gap.</li> <li>For the eight cities tracked since 2003, the funding gap has more than doubled.</li> <li>Out of 18, six states receive a "C" or lower grade for overall funding equity.</li> <li>At the local level, only Tennessee’s Shelby County, which includes Memphis, received an "A" for equity. Atlanta and Little Rock, Arkansas were identified as the least equitable.</li> </ul> <p>State funding overall is the most equitable, and local funding is the least. Local funding disparities are not surprising given that many charter schools are their own school districts and have limited access to local tax dollars. These gaps have recently expanded and stand to only worsen as we enter into a recession and the likelihood of significant budget cuts.</p> <h3>Overview Charter School Funding Disparities by Funding Source</h3> <img alt="&quot;Funding Source &quot;&#9;&quot;Funding Gap per Student &quot;&#9;&quot;Funding Gap for Charter Schools&quot;&#9;Least Equitable (City)&#9;Most Equitable (City) Local&#9;($7,491) &#9;68% less&#9;Boston, MA &#9;Camden, NJ State&#9;($428) &#9;5% less&#9;Shelby County, TN &#9;Houston, TX Federal&#9;($654) &#9;37% less&#9;Washington, D.C.&#9;Boston, MA; Phoenix, AZ Nonpublic&#9;($1,412) &#9;46% less&#9;Los Angeles, CA; Little Rock, AR &#9;Washington, D.C. " data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d0127755-ac52-4c23-b947-d3870fbc4b46" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Inequity%20Surges%20in%20Cities%20Graphic.png" class="align-center" /> <h3>Dispelling Funding Myths: Demographics and Philanthropy</h3> <p>The report rebuts several arguments that are often used to dismiss funding disparities between charter schools and district-run public schools.</p> <p>One such argument is charter schools serve fewer students that require additional services, such as students with disabilities, and therefore one should expect that they receive less funding. After taking a closer look at special education expenditures, however, the study found that differences in special education populations only explained the funding gap in two cities out of the 18 in the report—Boston, MA and Shelby County, TN. In 10 cities it accounted for less than a third of the difference.</p> <p>The study also looked at the impact of demographics overall and found that the difference in low-income students enrolled in district schools and charter schools in this study was only 1% and thus would not explain funding differences. It's also worth noting charter schools serve more economically disadvantaged students nationwide (59%) than district schools (54%).</p> <p>It also provides evidence that contradicts a common perception that charter schools have access to larger pools of non-public funds, such as private philanthropy. Previous research by the authors shows private philanthropy is concentrated on only one-third of all charter schools. This most recent study demonstrates that philanthropy and other non-public sources of funds, such as food service fees and private donations, are not “filling the gap.” In fact, in some places they are widening the gap: Los Angeles, for example, shows a dramatic increase in non-public funding for district schools ($2,035 per student) fully accounts for their growing local funding gap.</p> <h3>Charter Schools Lack Equitable Access to Funding Increases</h3> <p>These gaps are not a result of funding cuts. Instead, the study finds that, for these 18 cities, they are a result of inequitable access to funding gains experienced by district schools. As one example, Denver charter schools experienced a dramatic increase in local funding inequity from $8,911 in 2016 to $15,445 in 2018 because of recent increases in local revenues that were not shared equitably with charter schools.</p> <p>It also raises significant questions about federal formulas intended to target Title I funds to high concentrations of poverty and whether charter schools are well served by them. The report doesn’t examine the role of LEA status and equitable allocations, but it would be interesting to see if there are lessons there for policymakers.</p> <h3>Are Charter Schools More Efficient?</h3> <p>While the report’s authors do not directly address this question, its findings raise important questions about educational efficiency. The report calculates that district schools in this study would have to trim $22 billion in revenue to equate charter school funding levels. Despite this, urban charter schools have been able to <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/sites/default/files/documents/2020-06/CSP%20Annual%20Report%20_%20Final.pdf">produce significant achievement gains</a>, such as the gains found for students of color and English language learning students by CREDO, with significantly less funding.</p> <p class="text-align-center"><a href="https://ctt.ac/8g7r8"><img alt="Click to Tweet: &amp;quot;...district schools in this study would have to trim $22 billion in revenue to equate charter school funding levels." src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/1.png" width="350" /></a></p> <p>Ensuring all public schools have access to equitable resources that lead to a high-quality education is much more complex than simply trying to balance inputs between district and charter schools. Nevertheless, this report provides policymakers with an important lens on the potential impact of funding decisions, as well as the need for greater transparency in the allocation of funds to schools.</p> <h3>Conclusion</h3> <p>The compounding impact of different funding streams that are not allocated fairly between all public schools has a significant impact. Not just on charter schools, but on the students attending them.</p> <p>It is important for policymakers and state and local leaders to understand that state and local funding policies do not treat charter schools equitably. Moreover, unless federal funding accounts for this inequity—such as allocations related to the pandemic and Title I—the gaps could get worse and inequity can grow.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/research" hreflang="en">research</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/charter-school-funding" hreflang="en">charter school funding</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24587&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="lxbDF9JJ-y3z-ZUGqPYzL4kjfx8txK5VYlf2PMPMO50"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 03 Dec 2020 15:55:22 +0000 Melinda 24587 at https://www.publiccharters.org National Alliance Alumni Intern Profile: Destinee Perry, DC Prep https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/11/30/national-alliance-alumni-intern-profile-destinee-perry-dc-prep <span>National Alliance Alumni Intern Profile: Destinee Perry, DC Prep</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Wed, 11/18/2020 - 13:28</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/kyle-breckenridge" hreflang="en">Kyle Breckenridge</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-11-30T12:00:00Z">November 30, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-11/Blog%20%28250px%29%20%285%29.png?itok=By5VAmkE" width="250" height="250" alt="National Alliance Alumni Intern Destinee Perry" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>Consider a <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/donate"><strong>donation in support of the National Alliance Alumni Intern Program</strong></a> to help students like Destinee.</em></p> <p> </p> <p>With the pandemic limiting options for young adults entering the workforce, the National Alliance is committed to hiring charter school alumni for all our internships. These paid internships provide real-world experience and training that can easily translate into a variety of fields.</p> <p>We've hired students like Destinee Perry so she can pursue her career goals with a base of experience in her field. Destinee's work in communications for the National Alliance will strengthen our digital communications efforts and social media channels.</p> <p><span><span><span><span>Destinee is an alumna of</span> DC Prep Academy in Washington, D.C.  She was in the first graduating class from the elementary school and continued her education at the middle school campus graduating with the 8th grade class of 2013. <span>She is a senior at Temple University pursing a major in communication studies focused on branding, marketing, and advertising.</span></span></span></span></p> <h4><strong><span><span><span><span><span>What are your career goals and how does the National Alliance Alumni Intern Program support that? </span></span></span></span></span></strong></h4> <p><span><span><span><span>My career goal is to be self-employed and live through my creative passions and allow my ideas to flourish. I shy away from tradition because I don't want to limit myself in my creativity and expression. When working and living from the heart, I tend to have opportunities come knocking at my door. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The National Alliance Alumni Intern Program allows me the flexibility and opportunity to be creative. I have the opportunity to work on projects and create content that builds my portfolio and experience professionally and help the communities we serve.</span></span></span></span></p> <h4><strong><span><span><span><span>How have internships impacted your professional growth and development? </span></span></span></span></strong></h4> <p><span><span><span>I had internships in high school where I helped with childcare and worked as a teacher’s assistance. I also did data analytics with DC Prep's PrepNext alumni support program. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>This internship is my first when it comes to my career field and interest in communications and media. I hope to gain experience working in a field that is constantly changing and manage being in that environment. I also want to build connections that allow me to progress personally and professionally. </span></span></span></p> <h4><strong><span><span><span><span>What are you most excited to work on during your time with the National Alliance Alumni Intern Program? </span></span></span></span></strong></h4> <p><span><span><span><span>I am most excited to work on social media projects. I am interested in learning about engagement on different platforms and the way social media influences an audience and our schools. Projects will be different every week, so I am not too sure about everything that I will do. I am currently working on my first project drafting tweets for the “I am Black” campaign radio interviews with Black charter school leaders across the country.</span></span></span></span></p> <h4><strong>What else is most important to you—both in an internship and everyday life?</strong></h4> <p><span><span><span>I would like the readers to know that they have options and listen to your heart. Do not feel the pressure of society to jump directly into what you feel may be conventional. So many people today feel like time is running out and that they have to live up to every expectation in order to be “successful.” It is important to go at your own pace. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>We are not all meant to work an office job or a job that our parents want us to. We are meant to inspire others through the work we choose to create. When you feel comfortable in knowing your path, watch the opportunities unfold. We are constantly learning something new every day, in various ways. There are no limits beyond the sky, reach for YOUR goals. </span></span></span></p> <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/donate"><img alt="Donate to the Charter School Alumni Intern Program" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ad082339-c5d2-45e8-9fe5-3b022e0afbd9" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Green%20Bold%20Nonprofit%20Email%20Header_0.png" class="align-center" /></a> <p> </p> <p><em>Kyle Breckenridge is the senior manager of strategic initiatives at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools</em></p></div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24499&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="mkSt_Gp9pJqmq246wpINcofWoh7OExD_T5cGYsZp5s8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 18 Nov 2020 18:28:27 +0000 Melinda 24499 at https://www.publiccharters.org National Alliance Alumni Intern Profile: David Segura, KIPP Austin College Prep https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/11/23/national-alliance-alumni-intern-profile-david-segura-kipp-austin-college <span>National Alliance Alumni Intern Profile: David Segura, KIPP Austin College Prep</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Wed, 11/18/2020 - 11:39</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/kyle-breckenridge" hreflang="en">Kyle Breckenridge</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-11-23T12:00:00Z">November 23, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-11/Blog%20%28250px%29%20%286%29.png?itok=VRq2uXhM" width="250" height="250" alt="National Alliance Alumni Intern David Segura" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>Consider a <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/donate"><strong>donation in support of the National Alliance Alumni Intern Program</strong></a> to help students like David.</em></p> <p> </p> <p>With the pandemic limiting options for young adults entering the workforce, the National Alliance is committed to hiring charter school alumni for all our internships. These paid internships provide real-world experience and training that can easily translate into a variety of fields. </p> <p>We're helping students like David Segura gain experience in their field of choice and pursue their career goals. David will be working with the National Alliance as an intern in strategic initiatives, where he will help us build a database of charter school supporters across the nation.</p> <p><span><span><span>David is an alumnus of KIPP Austin College Prep middle school and KIPP Austin Collegiate high school. After attending KIPP, he attended the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated this May with a major in </span></span></span><span><span><span>marketing and a minor in management information systems. He is a first-generation college graduate and previously interned for the KIPP Foundation, Accenture, and ABC Home &amp; Commercial Services.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>I sat down with David to discuss his career goals and what working at the National Alliance means to him:</span></span></span></p> <h4><strong><span><span><span><span><span>How did attending a charter school impact your education and professional outcomes?</span></span></span></span></span></strong></h4> <p><span><span><span><span><span>KIPP taught me a lot and made me think about college from an early age. Students who go to KIPP are there because they want to improve their lives. We all go in with that common goal and it just elevates all of us.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Professionally, KIPP inspired me to want to give back to my community. I am very grateful for all the support KIPP provided me and it makes me want to return the favor. I want to help more people from underserved communities to break the glass ceiling. I just need to find my career footing first.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <h4><span><span><span><span><span><strong>How has the pandemic impacted your professional opportunities</strong>? </span></span></span></span></span></h4> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Professionally, the pandemic has made it a lot more difficult to find a full-time job since a lot of businesses have lowered the number of employees they hire. Having to work from home has also limited my professional development because</span></span></span></span></span>—<span><span><span><span><span>although it has its perks</span></span></span></span></span>—<span><span><span><span><span>I’m still not getting the same level of instruction that comes with in-person interaction.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Mentally, this pandemic has led to a lot of stress and self-doubt. I’m stressed out because I want to start my professional career, but there are very limited opportunities. This then leads to self-doubt because I start believing that I am not good enough to compete in this job market. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <h4><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span>What project are you most excited to work on during your time with the <span>National Alliance Alumni Intern Program?</span>  </span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></h4> <p><span><span><span><span><span>I am excited to bring awareness to more people about the impact of charter schools. As a former charter school student, I know how life-changing attending one of these schools can be. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>I am currently building out a list of charter school supporters and the next step will be to reach out to this list and see if they want to support the National Alliance. I am adding to my skill set by learning how to use new tools that I can apply in my career. For example, I will get the opportunity to work with a CRM tool called Raiser’s Edge. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>I want to go into the field of data analytics, but a lot of entry-level jobs in this field require some previous experience working with data. This project will provide me with that experience, allowing me to have a stronger profile when I apply for these roles. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <h4><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>What are your career goals, and how does your current internship support that</strong>? </span></span></span></span></span></span></h4> <p><span><span><span><span><span>I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I want to do in the future. I realized that I chose the wrong major and wish I would have studied finance instead. I realize that it might be a long shot to try to find a finance position without a finance degree and that is why I would like to go into the field of data science, either as a data analyst or a business intelligence analyst.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>My current internship supports my career goal by allowing me to work with data and learn to use CRM tools. Most importantly, I am building experience I can add to my resume which is what employers value most.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>I am very grateful to KIPP and the National Alliance for allowing me to join their teams during these difficult times and build experience.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/donate"><img alt="Donate to the Charter School Alumni Intern Program" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ad082339-c5d2-45e8-9fe5-3b022e0afbd9" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Green%20Bold%20Nonprofit%20Email%20Header_0.png" class="align-center" /></a> <p> </p> <p><em>Kyle Breckenridge is the senior manager of strategic initiatives for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></p></div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24498&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="p9UmGIMXir4ZH0-uCLnrIaDbu5D6IAkbEXXBJct1iYY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 18 Nov 2020 16:39:58 +0000 Melinda 24498 at https://www.publiccharters.org